The weather in New York City is becoming more beautiful by the day. And May brings more than spring flowers and plenty of sunshine, it also ushers in holidays like Mother’s Day and Cinco De Mayo.  So, if you’re looking for great things to do in New York City in May, we’ve prepared a short list just to get you started.


Free Things to Do in NYC in May 2019

1. A Day at Central Park

How about a romantic picnic in the beautiful Central Park? Just pack your sunscreen, some great sandwiches, beverages, and definitely chocolate, then take in the beauty that Central Park offers in the spring. You can stroll along the tree-lined paths, enjoy bird watching (as well as people watching), and get plenty of photo opportunities of the scenic lake and spectacular landscape.

Central Park is always beautiful, but it’s absolutely breathtaking in the spring.  And it’s free. What’s not to love about that?

2. Shakespeare in the Park

May 21st-31st (Tuesday-Sunday)

8:00 PM

Much Ado about Nothing

Enjoy a magnificent cultural event while soaking in the beauty that can only be found in Central Park. This popular comedic Shakespearean play has been on stage in Central Park since 1972. A perfect date event!

Location: Decolorate Theatre, Central Park

For a $500 donation, you’ll receive free summer tickets. Or, you can stand in line for limited free passes. For information, or to donate, go to

3. Puerto Rican Festival

May 25, 2019

You’ll experience live music, dancing, traditional food, art, and a designated area set aside just for children, with face painting and craft opportunities.

Location: 152nd Street (Jackson Avenue and Union Avenue )

This is a free event and perfect for the entire family.

3. Botanical Gardens

Why wait for a holiday when during the entire month of May you can breathe in the spectacular fragrance and beauty of the city in full springtime bloom?

With 250 acres and over a million plants, you’ll never see it all in one visit. So, plan to stay a while, and return later for more. At the Botanical Gardens, you will also experience wetlands, a waterfall, extensive exhibits, gift shops, and even educational lecture opportunities.  

While visiting the Botanical Gardens, be sure to visit the section called The Old Growth Forest with original living trees that are part of the landscape that once covered New York City. Some of these historic trees are, now, more than 200 years old.

Open daily, except Monday’s

2900 Southern Blvd

The Bronx

For more information, check out their website:

Botanical Gardens New York City

And don’t forget, May is the start of the rooftop season. So, when planning your May activities, be sure to add an evening at High Bar — where you can leisurely sip champagne on Mother’s Day and enjoy Margaritas on Cinco De Mayo.  

We promise to wow you with more than our great food and drinks. We have one of the best panoramic views of New York City around. From our rooftop lounge, you’ll see the Empire State Building, Freedom Tower, the Hudson River, and the Statue of Liberty in all her shining glory.

We are conveniently located in the heart of Manhattan, at the top of the beautiful Doubletree, at 346 West 40th Street. If you’d like to make reservations give us a call at 646.362.7363.